With the altering of the calendar, a brand new yr awaits, ripe with potentialities.
And popcorn — heaps and plenty of popcorn.
Granted, Hollywood is a bit distracted for the time being, wanting again on the yr that was as award season builds towards its Oscar evening climax on March 12.
For the remainder of us, although, it’s additionally all the time enjoyable this time of yr to look ahead to what the following 12 months maintain for film followers.
And make no mistake: Studios are already jockeying for place on the 2023 launch calendar, with some tantalizing tasks on faucet. (Did any individual say “Indiana Jones?”)
That being the case, right here’s an inventory of 10 motion pictures scheduled for launch within the coming yr which have caught this film nerd’s eye, all organized in accordance with launch date.
Blissful new yr. Now, roll ’em. …
Launch date: Feb. 24.
Typically — and notably now, with weighty Oscar hopefuls filling theaters — a moviegoer simply desires to observe one thing uncomplicated, unpretentious and unapologetically bonkers.
That description actually matches this action-comedy, directed by Elizabeth Banks and impressed by the true story of a black bear in Georgia that discovered and ate a duffel bag stuffed with 75 kilos of cocaine. Those that can’t wait can whet their appetites a few weeks early with the arrival of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey,” a slasher movie of questionable style during which A.A. Milne’s beloved Pooh Bear and Piglet characters — the copyrights on whom expired in 2022 — go on a killing spree.
Launch date: In theaters April 14
Look out, Lestat. Common is rebooting its “Dracula” franchise with this New Orleans-shot, New Orleans-set horror-comedy starring Nicolas Cage because the titular bloodsucker and Nicholas Hoult as his mesmerized servant Renfield, who begins to query whether or not their relationship is a wholesome one. As a longtime fan of Common’s Basic Monsters franchise, I’ll confess some apprehension about enjoying Drac for laughs, though if it falls flat, Common can also be releasing “The Final Voyage of the Demeter” — a suitably darkish drama based mostly on the “Captain’s Log” chapter from Bram Stoker’s 1897 “Dracula” novel — on Aug. 11.
Launch date: In theaters June 16.
Pixar Animation’s huge 2023 launch, directed by “The Good Dinosaur” helmer Pete Sohn, introduces viewers to Factor Metropolis, during which elemental beings — every of whom boast traits of both hearth, water, land or air — reside facet by facet, in a mirrored image of Sohn’s upbringing in multicultural New York. Visually, it feels harking back to “Inside Out” and “Soul,” which is fairly good firm. If it might probably seize these movies’ emotion, and perhaps weave in an ”Earth, Wind and Fireplace” monitor or three, we may be on to one thing.
Launch date: Restricted theatrical launch on June 16 earlier than going extensive June 23.
Longtime readers of The Occasions-Picayune most likely know I’m a sucker for the Wes Anderson aesthetic, and I’ve no cause to suspect this one, a romance set in 1955 at a Junior Stargazer conference, will disappoint. Along with his peerless visible fashion, it stars a ridiculously deep forged that features Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Matt Dillon, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Carell, Liev Schreiber and a bunch of others whose names merely received’t match on this column.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future”
Launch: In theaters June 30.
I strive to not get too terribly enthusiastic about sequels, which is why you don’t see a bunch of Marvel motion pictures on this record. The “Indiana Jones” franchise, nonetheless, is an exception. On this one, co-written and directed by the dependable James Mangold (“Logan,” “Ford vs. Ferrari”), Harrison Ford dons the fedora for a fifth time to seek out ex-Nazis amid the Area Race in 1969. Rely me in. Additionally: Now that “Temple of Doom” actor Ke Huy Quan is again within the sport and successful Golden Globes (see: “All the pieces All over the place All At As soon as”), perhaps it’s time to start out excited about a sixth outing — and maybe a passing of the whip to Indy’s now-grown former sidekick?
“Mission: Unattainable — Lifeless Reckoning Half One”
Launch date: In theaters July 14.
I do know, I do know. I simply mentioned I’m not an enormous fan of sequels. However motion franchises don’t get way more reliable than “Mission: Unattainable.” This time, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie — who directed the earlier two installments — reteams with Tom Cruise and the gang (Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and so forth.) for an additional globe-trotting, stunt-heavy action-adventure. The studio is being mum on plot particulars, however we all know this a lot: The story will proceed in summer time 2024 with the discharge of “Mission: Unattainable — Lifeless Reckoning Half Two,” which reportedly simply wrapped filming final month.
Launch: In theaters July 21.
Christopher Nolan directs — and people three phrases alone are sufficient to get my consideration — a drama based mostly on the lifetime of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called “father of the atomic bomb.” Cillian Murphy holds down the title function, with a supporting forged that features Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Down Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Kevin Branagh and others. As is Nolan’s manner, the manufacturing is draped in secrecy, however there’s greater than sufficient materials there to make sure it received’t be a bomb.
Launch: In theaters July 21.
Margot Robbie is Barbie and Ryan Gosling is her Ken, on this long-gestating comedy impressed by the traditional toy line. Don’t count on halfhearted, from-the-toybox pablum, although. This one is written by indie darlings Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, with Gerwig additionally directing, so count on a specific amount of social commentary to raise issues between the laughs.
Launch date: In theaters Aug. 11.
Twenty years after the discharge of 2003’s “Haunted Mansion,” Disney reawakens its “99 joyful haunts” for an additional film based mostly on the favored theme park attraction. Don’t await Eddie Murphy to point out up, although. Director Justin Simien’s movie, shot partly in New Orleans, is a full-on reboot, a few single mother and her 9-year-old son who get greater than they bargained for once they purchase an outdated Crescent Metropolis mansion. Rosario Dawson leads a formidable ensemble forged that features LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, Jared Leto and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Launch: TBD 2023 on Netflix.
David Fincher directs Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton in a noir thriller based mostly on the French graphic novel “Le Tueur,” about an extremely expert murderer’s slow-motion descent into insanity. Elements of the movie had been reportedly shot in New Orleans, the place Fincher beforehand shot “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” in addition to Paris, Chicago and the Dominican Republic.